Med-Surg needed for new grads??? - page 2
I'm graduating in Dec and I'm soooo confused as to what area I'm going to apply to. I have heard from many, many nurses that having the Med-Surg background is essential in order to "survive" in... Read More
Nov 9, '07Joined: Oct '07; Posts: 56; Likes: 7My Instructors always told us to get the most experience to start in a Med-Surg unit for at least 6 months to a year. I just finished LPN and transitioning to RN hopefully this January. Hope that helped.
Nov 9, '07Specialty: 12 year(s) of experience in rodeo nursing (neuro) ; From: US ; Joined: Apr '04; Posts: 2,618; Likes: 2,838Merging two very similar threads. See also Similar Threads at bottom of page. Search pulled up lots of related items, as well. I think this is a popular topic because it's very much on the minds of new nurses.
Discuss away--but do consider looking at some of the older threads, too. Some of those "newbies" are probably "old hands" now.
BTW, I started on neuro/neurosurg. It's a med/surg unit, even though it isn't the med/surg unit. We see a lot of "off-service" patients, as well: cardio, renal, GI, trauma, etc.
The President of our AMSN chapter is the manager of our surg/trauma floor, which is also not nominally the med/surg floor. So I guess you could say there's Med/Surg and there's med/surg. Is that confusing enough?Last edit by nursemike on Nov 9, '07
Nov 9, '07Joined: Jan '04; Posts: 999; Likes: 1,020Before I worked in Med-Surg as an RN, I worked in home care as an aide. I definitely think that working in Med-Surg has given me a new appreciation for where the people who require homecare are coming from. I don't think it is necessary experience, but I can see where my med-surg experience will be helpful down the line when I move on to something else.
Nov 10, '07Joined: Nov '07; Posts: 14; Likes: 3Quote from Hellllllo Nursesounds like where I work!! I want to move to CANurses still have it good in CA. In TX, I've worked with no CNA, and no unit clerk- and had 13 pts by myself in med surg.